Shawn shot this of us at Ocean Springs.
We departed Ocean Springs for a short run to Horn Island. Gary shot
He's got some great shots at http://www.pbase.com/gagish/around_ocean_springs
Our fifth wedding aniversity dawned clear and light winds.
Motored to Dauphin Island with very light winds. Some motorsailing with
jib only. We were going to try anchoring in Bayou Aloe (not really a
bayou) close to shore and go exploring, but the channel got very
shallow. So we felt our way out of the channel where the chart showed
decent depth and anchored.
Did I mention it was COLD!
Almost no wind. Well,there was a little wind for part of the way. We
motorsailed with the jib adding maybe half a knot. Turning 1,200 RPM,
the lowest we should, we left 'Waltzing Matilda" far behind as Nathan
attempted to sail. Mobile Bay became like glass, as they say, during
the last half.
We tried Pirate's Cove, but much to tight for our tastes. We ran
aground on the way out and took almost an hour to "walk" our way out.
We anchored in Perdido Bay and waited for Nathan, who arrived about an
Absolutely no wind. Not a ripple on the mirror... errr... water.
Motored to Bayou Chico.
Buzz drove over, unknow to us and shot some stuff of us going by.
Cathy shot this one in Pensacola Bay. Notice the smooth water.
Nathan shot this view of Pelican's Perch Marina from the bridge. Can
you spot 'Valkyrie'?
Hung around the marina until Friday, March 12th, and headed for Fort
able to really
sail with the engine stopped! Although we were luffing quite a bit,
trying not to outrun Nathan, we were still doing as much as 7.6 kts.
Should have reefed.
Another couple shots from Nathan.
Nathan got to play bowthruster. We followd the advice of a local and
hugged the South side. WRONG! Ran aground with the wind holding us
against the sand bar. We tossed Nathan a line and he swung our bow
around to get free, then played remote fathometer to lead us in. We
went about halfway and he reported a sudden 6-1/2 feet, so we swung
around and dropped anchor, then invited him to just raft up to us.
The plan was and is to hang around here until Monday, when the winds
are supposed to drop some. It's been blowing 15 to 30 kts. plus. We're
hesitant to dinghy in with the howling West winds coming straight down
the cut. Heck, there's whitecaps in here.